It may sound like an overly simplistic question, but seriously. Why do you run?
It was all so nice and easy when we were following the programme, wasn't it? The objective was crystal clear: Being able to complete each of the 27 prescribed runs, so that we could get a shiny little tag and consider ourselves runners. For many of us, the motivator that got us onto this idea was a desire to lose weight.
Now we have lost the weight. Well, not necessarily, and for my case not all of it, but it's definitely better than it was. The objective of completing the 27 runs have been met. Our legs don't hurt *each* time we've been out running. We probably don't even sound like steam engines when we're breathing (okay, *small* steam engines, maybe). So we congratulate each other with the achievement and (hopefully) continue running, building a lovely, healthy future for ourselves where the sun always shines and our legs never hurt (if only we can get one more training run in!).
There's a lovely community of graduates here, and we're good at giving suggestions to each other and to recent grads about how they could/should structure their future running. But suggestions and recommendations only make sense if the suggestion-giver understands the suggestion-receiver's goal.
Some of us decide to aim up for a 10k or a half marathan, or even a full one. Some even put a deadline down by signing up for a specific run. Others decide to aim to carry on with 3 weekly runs at 30 minutes each. Some presumably (although, for some strange reason, I don't think I've come across a single on the forum) decide to go for speed instead of distance and become sprinters.
It sounds cheesy, and to some extent it is. But if you don't know where you want to be, you'll never know when you get there, and you won't even know if you're going in the right direction (yep, "right direction", some of this thinking came during my crappy run yesterday).
I'm happy to go first, now that I've got the keyboard out.
After graduation my goal was to run a half marathon non-stop. It felt tantalisingly almost-impossible but yet just about within reach. The deadline is 19/10, and with the training I have put in, I know that unless I injure myself I have every reason to expect to complete.
Longer term, I want to run a HM in Blackpool in Feb next year in less than two hours, and I want to run a full marathan in October next year in less than 4 hours. I don't think I'll become one of those people who go on to run half marathans every weekend, but I want to join the elusive club and complete at least once.
What are YOUR goals and aspirations?